How to Adopt a Happy, Healthy
Dog or Puppy
Congratulations! You have decided
to adopt a dog or puppy. Now you have some other decisions
to make. What size dog is best? Will a dog fit your
Perhaps you are not sure if
you want to adopt a dog or not. Or, maybe someone
in your family wants a dog but others do not think
a dog is a good idea. How will you decide what
These questions and many more are
answered in our FREE Online Seminar and Course on Dog Adoption.
There are lots of reasons for
wanting a dog:
- You just lost a dog who you considered your
best friend and feel frantic to get another
- Your friend just got a great dog.
- A family member is lobbying for a dog.
- You fondly remember a dog you had in earlier
years and think that is what you need or what
your children need.
Whatever your reasons for wanting
a dog, you need to evaluate carefully whether
you are prepared to raise a dog and what type
of dog fits your current lifestyle or family.
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Are You a First-time Dog Owner?
Dog ownership lasts for the whole
life of the dog – for many dogs that is
12 to 15 years. Getting a dog is a lot like having
a baby – there is much to do to prepare.
There is a baby stage which
is very labor-intensive on your part, there is
a toddler stage and an adolescent stage which
can both be a bit trying on your patience, then
comes the long and happy relationship (if you
got through the earlier stages successfully),
and then there is a “senior” stage
during which your dog may be on medications or
need your help. The commitment is long but should
There is nothing like the devotion
of a great dog. Be sure you deserve that devotion
and unconditional love.
Which Dog to Adopt?
There are lots of dogs from which
to choose – over 250 breeds worldwide plus
many designer dogs and untold numbers of mixed
breed dogs. You can get a puppy, a grown dog,
or an older dog. You can get a male or a female.
You can get a dog from a shelter, a breeder, or
a friend. You need to take your time to get the
right dog for you.
Every year 5 to 8 million dogs
are relinquished to shelters. Why? In most cases,
the family is simply not prepared for the type
of dog they have. Many of these dogs are later
It is important, therefore, to make
sure you know what you are getting. It is just as
important to be fully prepared for your dog or puppy
and the commitment it will need. The Free Online Seminar and Mini Course on Adopting a Dog will help you learn
the costs and demands of dog adoption and ownership.
How to Choose a Good, Ethical
Once you decide for sure to get
a dog, you will have to figure out where to get
it and how to choose the best one for you.
Will you get your dog from a friend or a family?
Do you want to get a puppy from a breeder?
If so, how will you select the right breeder?
Is a pet store a good source for a dog?
Are you looking for a rescued dog to adopt?
What questions should you ask at the Pet Store
or of the Breeder?
How can you identify a healthy dog or puppy with
the right temperament?
And, finally, you will need to
know how to prepare your home and your family
members before you get the new dog. How to get
your dog adjusted to your home environment?
Get access to the FREE Online Seminar and Course on Adopting and Owning a Dog
and find out answers to all these important questions.
This FREE Course on Dog Adoption is meant for
people like you who need help locating their best
dog. Follow the step-by-step instructions from
our Mini Course and you will set the path to a
long-lasting and loving relationship with your
What Characteristics do You
Want Your Dog to Have?
Herding dogs are intelligent
and obedient dogs who are gentle and patient with
Sporting dogs are active, easily
trained, intelligent dogs who love to work and
to play games with their owners.
Working dogs are generally large
and well-muscled dogs who desire to work hard
and please their owners. Although the energetic
Hound dogs instinctively follow
their noses or eyes, they tend to be loving companions
who are easily motivated with food.
The Terrier personality is feisty
and energetic, but they adapt well to apartment
life and some are well-suited to allergy sufferers.
Most dog breeds originally had
specific jobs for which they were bred. However,
in today’s world they do not have those
jobs. If you choose a dog from a breed with high
energy or very high intelligence, be prepared
to keep your dog active and busy.
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The Adopting and Owning a Dog minicourse will
questions to assess your readiness for dog
Sample costs of owning a dog
The myths and truths about neutering and
How to find a veterinarian you will trust
The pros and cons of adopting a puppy versus
an adult dog
8 tests to identify the perfect puppy
11 tests to identify the best adult dog
How to prepare your home for a new dog
What you will need to purchase for your
All dogs are pack animals. Wherever
there are two or more dogs, there is a pack and
one dog is a pack leader. When you bring a dog
into your home, you and your family members are
part of his pack. Someone has to be the pack leader
or Alpha Dog. You do not want your dog to be the
Alpha Dog. Are you prepared to be the pack leader?
Do you know how to be the pack leader?
more about becoming a good pack leader through
our Adopting and Owning a Dog Mini Course.